Taha A. Kass-Hout, MD, MS, is a trailblazer, with a successful track record over the past two decades innovating on behalf of consumers and pioneering in healthcare and life sciences, precision medicine and artificial intelligence. A physician and bioinformatician, whose signature includes building scalable products and agile teams.
Taha is a General Manager, Healthcare and AI, and Chief Medical Officer at Amazon focusing on healthcare and AI-related initiatives, including Amazon Comprehend Medical, Amazon’s first health care-specific machine learning service offered by AWS. Prior to joining Amazon, Taha was a public servant in the US Federal Government (2009-2016) bringing about change through his role as the first Chief Health Informatics Officer for US FDA (2013-2016), where he created openFDA and precisionFDA, part of President Obama’s 2015 Precision Medicine Initiative. Both efforts were referenced in the 2015 White House Strategy for American Innovation, and precisionFDA was awarded the top prize at the 2016 Bio-IT World Best Practices. Additionally, Taha spearheaded groundbreaking programs at the US CDC for electronic disease surveillance (2009-2013), including the quick disease surveillance scale-up during the H1N1 influenza pandemic taking it from less than 6% to >90% coverage of the US population ahead of the 2nd wave of the pandemic. During his one year transition from the US Federal Government, Taha served as SVP and Chief Digital Health and Analytics Officer at Trinity Health (2016-2017), one of the leaders in value-based health care systems in the US, and led the development of the American Heart Association Precision Medicine initiative.
Taha received his medical training at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, and during his time there, was part of the BOAT clinical trial. He holds a Doctor of Medicine and Master of Science (Bioinformatics) from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.